U.S.: Buhari’s Action on Onnoghen Unconstitutional, Casts Doubts on Credible Elections

By Augustine Osayande

The United States on Saturday expressed concern on the suspension Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). This was indicated in a statement issued by the country’s embassy in Abuja.

It stated that the impact of the executive branch’s decision to suspend and replace the Chief Justice and head of the judicial branch without the support of the legislative branch on the eve of national and state elections is unconstitutional and that it undermines the independence of the judicial branch.

“The Embassy of the United States is deeply concerned by the impact of the executive branch’s decision to suspend and replace the Chief Justice and head of the judicial branch without the support of the legislative branch on the eve of national and state elections.

“We note widespread Nigerian criticism that this decision is unconstitutional and that it undermines the independence of the judicial branch. That undercuts the stated determination of government, candidates, and political party leaders to ensure that the elections proceed in a way that is free, fair, transparent, and peaceful – leading to a credible result” the statement read.

The U.S. added that the decision be resolved swiftly and peacefully in accordance with due process, full respect for the rule of law, and the spirit of the Constitution of Nigeria.

“We urge that the issues raised by this decision be resolved swiftly and peacefully in accordance with due process, full respect for the rule of law, and the spirit of the Constitution of Nigeria. Such action is needed urgently now to ensure that this decision does not cast a pall over the electoral process”, the statement added

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